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Hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy S5 (pictures)

Samsung's latest smartphone may retain vastly the same design as its predecessor, but it packs in a great deal of new features and enhanced technologies. Here's what it looks like.

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Topic: Samsung
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Samsung's Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch 1080p high-resolution display, with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear. It also features a fingerprint scanner and a heart-rate sensor next to the LED flash.

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Here you can see its counterpart, the Galaxy Gear 2, which works hand-in-hand with the next-generation Samsung smartphone.

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It's relatively light, considering it's heavier than its predecessor. At just 145g, it's a bulky device but it packs a great deal of punch in terms of its specifications list.

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On the rear, the 16-megapixel camera and an LED flash. Next to the flash is a small heart-rate sensor, which glows red when it's checking your pulse.

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The home button now integrates a fingerprint scanner, allowing users to swipe down to unlock the phone, as well as make mobile payments.

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Overall the screen is brighter and better than its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. Although the resolution is higher and there are more pixels-per-inch, it's hard to discern from the previous model.

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On the underside of the device, a USB 3.0 port, allowing for faster data transfers — particularly handy if you expand the device's storage up with a 64GB maximum micro-SD card.

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On the top of the Galaxy S5, the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, which is compatible with almost every pair of modern headphones.

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You can replace the back covers on the Galaxy S5 to change the SIM card and the battery. That's particularly useful for business users of all people who need to be on-the-go with their devices.

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And the new smartphone lands with four different color cases: black, blue, white, and bronze.

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